Hand & Stone Massage Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

In May 2016, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa opened its doors to the Chandler community. Since then, the locally owned and family-operated business has provided more than 20,000 massages and facials to its customers. The Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa philosophy is simple: Make the soothing wonder of massages and facials affordable and accessible to everyone. This month, check out Member Appreciation Mondays, where members will receive a special service or gift as a thank you for two fantastic years in Chandler. Call 480.665.5600 or visit HandandStoneChandler.com for more information. 

Object Inspiration: A Collaborative Exhibition with the Chandler Museum

Our everyday objects may not be so ordinary when seen through the eyes of an artist. Using abstraction, manipulation and interpretation, 30 artists have created works in response to objects from the Chandler Museum collection. This collaborative exhibition will be on display at the Vision Gallery and the Gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts from May 25 to August 25. Join the galleries for a reception with artists at both locations on May 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn more at VisionGallery.org and ChandlerCenter.org

Reinventing the Weeknight Dinner

Munchery makes delicious, healthy, ready-to-eat meals and 15-minute cooking kits that are crafted by acclaimed Valley chefs. Founded in 2011, Munchery is an end-to-end food preparation and delivery company. With control of its entire food service value chain, Munchery has the capability to continuously improve multiple points of operations and deliver better-personalized food experiences—from developing original recipes to sourcing ingredients from local farmers and producers who practice organic and sustainable farming to using environmentally friendly package materials. Learn more at Munchery.com.

Chandler Among 2018’s Best Mid-sized Cities for Business Meetings

RewardExpert has released its ranking of 2018’s Best Mid-sized Cities for Business Meetings—a regional breakdown of the top 30 mid-sized U.S. cities for meetings and conventions that are budget-friendly, and also provide the same level of enjoyment offered by more expensive cities. The travel-rewards website ranked Chandler the third most cost-efficient city in the Mountain West region. Chandler ranks third for its business atmosphere, fourth for its affordability and eighth for the numbers of dining, drinking and shopping venues. The city is also attractive for its climate, with 297 sunny days in a year. Read the report at RewardExpert.com

Construction Complete on Phase Two of The Cays

The Statesman Group announced the completion of the second phase of construction at The Cays at Downtown Ocotillo, located within the sought-after Ocotillo neighborhood. The second phase includes the expansive 9,500 square-foot clubhouse and showcases two popular floor plans, including The Isla Vista, a 1,011 square-foot home with one bedroom plus den and one-and-a-half baths; and The Montecito, a 1,348 square-foot home with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. For more information, visit TheCaysatOcotillo.com.

FirstBank Pumps Free Gas in ‘Give it Forward’ Campaign

FirstBank employees surprised commuters by pumping $3,000 worth of free gas to unexpected drivers at the Fry’s Fuel Center at 3955 E. Chandler Blvd. as part of Arizona Gives Day on April 3. FirstBank hopes this act of kindness inspires individuals to give back to causes in their communities on Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour online giving movement that supports more than 800 local nonprofits.

Chandler Jail and Bail Raises Money to Fight Cancer

The community came together on May 2 at the Main Station Precinct for a huge fundraising finale for the Chandler Police Department’s Relay for Life team. Special community members “surrendered” and were seen in front of a judge, who set their bail for offenses like wearing purple shoes on Sunday, not eating enough veggies, dangerous dimples and beating cancer! Friends and family then had to raise money to bail them out, with the funds going directly to the American Cancer Society. A special thank you to officer Robin Atwood who spearheaded the event. 

Free Pizza for Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers can visit Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa between May 7-11 during regular business hours (5 to 9 p.m.) and get a voucher for a free pizza, any size, no limits on toppings. The vouchers expire on Aug. 31 and can be redeemed immediately or on a future visit. K-12 teachers (including homeschool teachers) must show valid school ID for the dine-in only deal. Learn more at OrganStopPizza.com

Six Chandler Students Selected to Attend Space Camp

Six students from Chandler—Ted Williams, Brooke Johnson, Yuchen Ai, Devin Berube, Olivia Mulloy and Colyn O’Brien—were among 325 students from 35 countries and 25 U.S. states and territories selected to participate in the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy (HLCA). The camp is a weeklong program aimed at igniting students’ passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers. During HLCA, students engage in team building and problem solving challenges including astronaut training, model rockets and shuttle missions, all to inspire them to become STEM innovators. Learn more at Leadership.Honeywell.com.

Chandler Public Library Releases New Mobile App

Chandler Public Library has a new app that lets users quickly tap into library resources anytime, anywhere, from their mobile device. The free app is now available for Android and Apple devices. With this app, much of what the library offers will be at your fingertips, including the ability to search for books, movies and other materials; place and/or check the status of holds; check due dates and renew items; access digital content, including e-books, e-audio, digital magazines, music, movies and several electronic databases; stay current with events/programs; and reserve a study room. To get started, download the app by searching for “Chandler Public Library” in the Apple App Store or Google Play app store on a smart device. 

ESCAPE:Chandler Now Open

Chandler’s newest entertainment venue has officially started accepting bookings. ESCAPE:Chandler is a physical adventure game where players are given riddles and puzzles to successfully escape the room with their team within a set time limit. Book a room with your friends and family at EscapeChandler.com.

Wildflower Adds Two New Restaurant Locations

Wildflower announces its expansion with two new locations to the Valley. The first restaurant is located at 75 E. Rivulon Blvd., near Loop 202 and Gilbert Road, while the second store will open in Central Phoenix. These locations will also be the first Wildflowers to serve craft beers, local wines and libations on tap. The nearly 22-year-old Arizona-based business has removed “Bread Company” from its name and, moving forward, will simply go by Wildflower. For more information, visit WildflowerBread.com.

Free Coffee, Half-Price Lattes for Mom at Press Coffee

Calling all moms! On May 13, come into any Press Coffee location and receive a free drip coffee or a half-priced latte in any size—all to celebrate and honor you on Mother’s Day! It’s Press’s way of saying thank you to moms on their special day. No proof of motherhood required, just identify yourself to the barista when ordering. The offer is good all day. Press Coffee has seven locations in the Valley, including two in Chandler; one in Downtown Ocotillo and another inside the Palette Collective. Visit PressCoffee.com for hours at each café.

Fine Arts School Offers Summer Youth Academy

Scottsdale Artists’ School (SAS) will host weekly Youth and Teen Summer Fine Art Camps for children and teens. The Youth Academy, ages 6-14, begins May 29, 2018, and Teen Academy, ages 14-18 starts June 4, 2018. All sessions are held in the school’s art studios and taught by professional teaching artists. Each session incorporates an array of 2D art mediums such as drawing, painting, watercolor, mixed media, as well as 3D art mediums such as relief, additive, found objects and hand building with clay. Students get creative, explore new techniques, learn how to prepare their art for show and share their creations at a reception at the end of each session. All art supplies are included. Visit ScottsdaleArtSchool.org for more information.